# Posts Tagged ‘ teaching ’

## We got mooks

November 28, 2015
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Columbia University’s Data Science Institute is releasing some mooks, and I’m part of it. I’ll first give the official announcement and then share some of my thoughts. The official announcement: The Data Science Institute at Columbia University is excited to announce the launch of its first online-education series, Data Science and Analytics in Context, on […] The post We got mooks appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

## You’ll never believe what this girl wrote in her diary (NSFW)

November 27, 2015
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Arber Tasimi heard about our statistics diaries and decided to try it out in the psychology class he was teaching. The students liked his class but a couple of them pushed back against the diaries, describing the assignment as pointless or unhelpful in their learning. This made me think that it may be that a […] The post You’ll never believe what this girl wrote in her diary (NSFW) appeared…

## Benford lays down the Law

November 21, 2015
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A few months ago I received in the mail a book called An Introduction to Benford’s Law by Arno Berger and Theodore Hill. I eagerly opened it but I lost interest once I realized it was essentially a pure math book. Not that there’s anything wrong with math, it just wasn’t what I wanted to […] The post Benford lays down the Law appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

## First, second, and third order bias corrections (also, my ugly R code for the mortality-rate graphs!)

November 18, 2015
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As an applied statistician, I don’t do a lot of heavy math. I did prove a true theorem once (with the help of some collaborators), but that was nearly twenty years ago. Most of the time I walk along pretty familiar paths, just hoping that other people will do the mathematical work necessary for me […] The post First, second, and third order bias corrections (also, my ugly R code…

## Understanding Statistical Inference

November 9, 2015
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Inference is THE big idea of statistics. This is where people come unstuck. Most people can accept the use of summary descriptive statistics and graphs. They can understand why data is needed. They can see that the way a sample … Continue reading →

## You won’t believe these stunning transformations: How to parameterize hyperpriors in hierarchical models?

November 8, 2015
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Isaac Armstrong writes: I was working through your textbook “Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models” but wanted to learn more and started working through your “Bayesian Data Analysis” text. I’ve got a few questions about your rat tumor example that I’d like to ask. I’ve been trying to understand one of the hierarchical models […] The post You won’t believe these stunning transformations: How to parameterize hyperpriors in hierarchical…

## Don’t miss this one: “Modern Physics from an Elementary Point of View”

October 26, 2015
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I was googling *back of the envelope* for a recent post and I came across these lecture notes by Victor Weisskopf from 1969. I can no longer really follow this sort of thing—I really really wish this had been my textbook back when I was studying physics. If they’d taught us this stuff, I might’ve […] The post Don’t miss this one: “Modern Physics from an Elementary Point of View”…

## 3 postdoc opportunities you can’t miss—here in our group at Columbia! Apply NOW, don’t miss out!

October 22, 2015
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Hey, just once, the Buzzfeed-style hype is appropriate. We have 3 amazing postdoc opportunities here, and you need to apply NOW. Here’s the deal: we’re working on some amazing projects. You know about Stan and associated exciting projects in computational statistics. There’s the virtual database query, which is the way I like to describe our […] The post 3 postdoc opportunities you can’t miss—here in our group at Columbia! Apply…

October 19, 2015
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The Royal Statistical Society (U.K.) has organized a discussion of a new paper, Frequentist accuracy of Bayesian estimates, by Brad Efron. The discussion will be an online event (a “webinar”) on 21 Oct 2015 (that’s right, “Back to the Future Day”) at noon 11am eastern time (4pm in the U.K.). Brad will present, I’ll ask […] The post Click here to get FREE tix to my webinar with Brad Efron…

## Anti-cheating robots

October 6, 2015
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Paul Alper writes: Surely you would like to comment on the amazing escalation in the anti-cheating tech world. I predict it will be followed by some clever software which makes it appear that the student enrolled is actually the one taking the exam. Reminiscent of the height of the cold war of counter weapons and […] The post Anti-cheating robots appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.